‘History of Jazz in NYC’ Webinar & 78rpm Listening Party: Harlem
Flashback to 1917, New York City. A line of people stretches for blocks outside of Reisenweber’s Cafe at Columbus Circle, all hoping to hear and dance to the tunes of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, who are showcasing a new music style straight from New Orleans. From Harlem’s mob-run night clubs in the 1920s, to the narrow basement joints lining 52nd Street in the 1930s and ’40s, to the downtown Greenwich Village spots in the 1940s and ’50s, that one concert would lead New York City to eventually become the undisputed Jazz Capital of America. This is the story of the music, musicians, and venues that defined New York’s pioneering era of jazz.
Join New York Adventure Club for the third of a seven-part series on the full history of jazz in New York City. For this third chapter, we’ll venture to the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem, where New York’s best musicians found their home, and the music found its audience.
Led by DJ and jazz historian Matthew “Fat Cat” Rivera, this virtual presentation and listening party featuring some of the early jazz records will include:
- An overview of the rise of jazz in Harlem from the 1920s to 1930s
- A discussion around key moments, artists, and venues in NYC’s jazz scene during this period, including a rare glimpse of a show at the legendary, mob-owned Cotton Club where Duke Ellington became a music icon
- A deep dive into the music of legendary jazz artists like Duke Ellington and Fats Waller
- A listening party featuring a curated selection of one-of-a-kind 78rpm records, played on a vintage high-fidelity sound system throughout the evening
DJ Fat Cat will be available to answer any and all questions about jazz before, during, and after the experience!
Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!
See you there, virtually! $10.
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***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week
History of Jazz in NYC Series
Chapter 1: Vaudeville
Chapter 2: Blues
Chapter 3: Harlem
Chapter 4: Early Swing
Chapter 5: Kingdom of Swing
Chapter 6: Wartime
Chapter 7: BeBop
“Loved the music and the slides. The host as wonderful.” -Jeff
“Matthew did such a great job, I learned so much, & so enjoyed the way he conveyed all his research & knowledge, & the music was amazing of course!” -Mary
“It was very informative with a good mix of music and discussion.” -Andrea
“I enjoyed the stories that showed the different stages of acceptance in NYC of jazz artists” -Christopher “Enlightening, wealth of information” -Fran
“It was a cool event, it really ended up being like one of those NPR or Island records DJ’d sessions” -Joy
“Loved it! Loved the topic! Would love to hear it again and more like this!” -Christine
“That guy is so incredible with his expertise.” -Michael
“I loved all the old records and the manner of the presenter” -Andrea
“Matthew is excellent–he knows so much and presents it so well. Great use of examples.” -Jill
“The music was great, and the presenter was clearly knowledgeable and passionate.” -Sarah